Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday morning toons: Letting the obvious ones slide by

I mostly let Fred Phelps cartoons go by the rail today (here's my reason, if you're interested), but I did allow a couple to slip in.

The Malaysian Air toons were also sort of slim pickings this week.

Oddly, there was not much in the way of March Madness toons, except a couple that could have been written in 1974. We'll see if there are more of those to pick from next week.

So we're going with the meat and potatoes: Crimea, health care, things like that.

Today's toons were selected from the comfort food aisle at McClatchy DC, Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Politico's Cartoon Gallery, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, and other fine sources of toony goodness.

p3 Best of Show: Clay Bennett.

p3 Legion of Merit: Pat Bagley.

p3 Valedictorian Award: David Fitzsimmons.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Petar Pismestrovic (Austria), Ingrid Rice (Canada), Alex Falco Chang (Cuba).

Ann Telnaes fires a hard shot at The Evil Old Bastard and his Sidekick.

Mark Fiore brings us Knuckles, who explains it all.

Tom Tomorrow presents breaking news.

Keith Knight takes us down memory lane.

Tom the Dancing Bug reveals the unappreciated truth about Paul Ryan, inner cities, and lazy people.

Red Meat's Mister Wally goes for the dark side.

The Comic Strip Curmudgeon slams Dennis the Menace.

Comic Strip of the Day bewails the AP's straining at gnats, and makes the only "diet of worms" joke you're likely to see today. (It kills me that AP would make such a sloppy change as this, while continuing to hang on to their "no serial commas!" rule.)

#9 on the list of the 50 greatest cartoons as chosen by people working in the animation industry: From a story by Dr. Seuss and a screenplay co-written by Bill Scott, later of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" fame, and directed by John Cannon, this Oscar-winning 1950 cartoon about a special boy spun off sequels and a kids' TV show, but none of them really matched up with the original. The narrator, Marvin Miller, was a well-known radio baratone who went on to star as Michael Anthony, a lawyer handing out $1 million dollar checks on behalf of his mysterious client, John Beresford Tipton, on the 1955 afternoon drama "The Millionaire." You can look it up.

The Big, But Could Be Bigger, Oregon Toon Block:

Matt Bors reveals the surprise ending of True Detective! No, the other one, but still steeped in Southern Gothic.

Jesse Springer: still taking no prisoners on the Oregon Health Care mess:

Test your toon captioning mojo at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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